I count Grace Jones as one of my dearest friends. We met when I was the Rector at St. Stephen's in Pittsfield, MA (1984-2000). She ministered with me as the Junior Warden of that parish.
Grace moved away from Pittsfield to work at SUNY (State University of New York) in Oneonta NY where I was privileged to visit with her.
Then she became the President at what is now called USU Eastern ( a State College in Utah).
Now she is the President at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich CT. I have visited with her there two or three times.
I respect Grace for her wonderful leadership and service in higher education.
But more than that I cherish her as a friend and confidante.
We talked on the 'phone for about forty five minutes this evening. What a blessing!
I am also grateful for her daughter Libby, Libby's husband Sam, and their children GiGi and Theo. I officiated at Sam and Libby's wedding, and baptized GiGi and Theo. This family now lives in Austin Texas.
And I have a great respect for Grace's son Derrick. I stayed overnight with him last January in Los Angeles when I was en-route to Vietnam.
I thank God for Grace and the blessing of our friendship.
I believe that when I approach the end of this life I will not care about the possessions I acquired, but I will rejoice in the friendships I sustained.